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Courtesy of Sean in Melbourne, some distance shots of the stock compound at Hethel in 1980. Came over all emotional on seeing all the minty fresh Series 2 Elites, Eclats and Esprits....look at the browns, golds and reds, it's trippy.

 

For me this was the best period ever for Lotus road cars, a full range like when Lamborghini had the Miura, Espada etc 10 years earlier.

 

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...and the "where is the focus ring?" series...

 

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You can see the snipper on the roof in the second picture


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That's a lot of production. Was Lotus once again short on some pieces for final assembly at that time?  :huh:


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No, that's where the old production line finished. In the 80's the place where the production line is now was stores....I know because I spent the summer moving Stores out (in the 80's) so they could knock down the old WW2 hanger and build what is now the production line.

 

At that time as well, Lotus and many other car Manufacturers didn't operate a "Just in time" or Build to order system like today. They kept stock levels across the model range. When they didn't sell them, workers, like my dad, would get them as company cars.


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You can see the snipper on the roof in the second picture

 

? What's a snipper?


All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

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At that time as well, Lotus and many other car Manufacturers didn't operate a "Just in time" or Build to order system like today. They kept stock levels across the model range. When they didn't sell them, workers, like my dad, would get them as company cars.

 

When checking some of the Elite chassis numbers, the build date and registration date sometimes differed by 2 years!

 

That's a long time to stand about, I wonder if some of the troubles associated with the cars were exacerbated by that... <_<


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A snipper is an assassin with a looooong pair of scissors.....(!)

 

And "Assassin" derives from "Hashishin"...one who kills under the influence of hashish...marijuana....although I've only ever seen people go to sleep in those circumstances...or be beset by the need to EAT.....(!)

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A sniper with a snipper is not to be trusted


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I agree, the best years for the Lotus range, shame the Eminence never got built...

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You think? Perhaps the Etna... but I'm not sure about the Eminence.


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We used to get offered odd ball spec factory cars at great discounts in order to register as demo's. I think at one time, both my folks had Red Esprit Turbos in the mid 80's, which was great for a family of 5. Love these old photo's, would love to see more. As and when i head back to the UK, i planned to raid the photo archives from the garage days and see whats in there.


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I went out for a beer with John Harper Sutton a couple of weeks ago. He worked for Frenchs, the Lotus ad agency in the very late seventies and early eighties. Amongst other things he did the Esprit brochures at the time and has leant me some slides from the time I need to get onto the PC to share. 

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Awesome. Which garage did you work at Roger?

 

My father was the dealer for Essex from 1981 to 1990, Bridge Motors. They sold quite alot of cars for Lotus, it was quite cool growing up during the 80's with the Giugiaro and Stevens Esprits. I only managed a few trips to the factory, its a great place and I would love to go back. I might organise a factory tour in the summer when i'm home.


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Hi Bibs, John Harper Smith would have been there at the same time as the guy I purchased my excel from lasy year, this chap designed all the JPS livery for Lotus and the advertising data. His surname Marriot I think.

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John, on page 51 of "Lotus 78/79 - The Ground Effect Cars" by John Tipler shows the JPS stripes being applied by a guy called Paul Crowland, that your man?


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Hi Mark, sorry but cant see the page very well from here.

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Hi Mark 

, I was taking the P, going to have a look at the log book and see if that's the same name once I get a chance.

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